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‘Wish I get more work’: When Surekha Sikri left Ayushmann Khurrana speechless

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Wish I get more work': When Surekha Sikri left Ayushmann Khurrana speechless

Wish I get more work’: When Surekha Sikri left Ayushmann Khurrana speechless

Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana on Friday evening recalled his experience of working with veteran actress Surekha Sikri, who passed away earlier in the day at the age of 75.

Ayushmann shared in a social media post that after a screening of their 2018 film “Badhaai Ho”, veteran actress Sikri left him and his wife Tahira speechless when she told them she was looking for more work, even at her age.

“In every film we have a family and we end up spending more time with the film family than our own families. One such beautiful family was in Badhaai Ho. Out of all my films, it was the perfect family with a perfect cast. Surekha Sikri was the head of our family, who was more progressive than the entire family tree. You know what, that was her in real life too. A complete boho. A chiller. Young at heart,” Ayushmann wrote in an Instagram post.

“I remember when she was boarding an auto rickshaw after the screening of our film, Tahira and I gave her a lift back home and we said ‘ma’am you are the real star of our film’ and she replied ‘wish I get more work.’ Tahira and I were speechless. We watched her frail demeanour walking towards her building. That’s my last memory of her,” he recalled.

“I would request you to watch her recite Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s nazm ‘Mujh-se pehli si mohabbat mere mehboob na maang.’ Aapko unse aur mohabbat ho jaayegi,” he suggested.

“An impeccable performer. A consummate artiste. A legend. You’ll be missed Surekha ma’am. Thank you for the beautiful memories. #RIPSurekhaSikri,” the actor concluded.

Ayushmann also shared photographs from the sets of “Badhaai Ho” featuring him with his on-screen grandmother Sikri, who had won a National Award for her performance in the film.

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Bhumi: Hindi cinema should start showing sustainable way of living

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Actress and climate activist Bhumi Pednekar feels that it is time for Hindi cinema to start showing a sustainable way of living in their films.

Bhumi, in a chat with IANS, said: “I definitely feel that it’s high time that Hindi cinema starts showing a sustainable way of living in their films. I feel like as a fraternity we are woke and I personally would like to believe that we are more conscious than other industries, but I still feel like we aren’t doing enough.”

The actress, who has three films lined up ‘Mr. Lele’, ‘Raksha Bandhan’ and ‘Badhaai Do’, feels that there is a need for narratives in films that provide communication.

“I do feel that we need narratives in films/ movies that provide the communication as it’s the most powerful medium to get the message across to the masses,” she added.

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I-T sleuths ‘search’ Sonu Sood’s home for second day

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 For the second consecutive day, the Income Tax Department continued its ‘survey’ operations at the home of Bollywood actor Sonu Sood, official sources said here on Thursday.

A team of IT sleuths swooped on the 48-year-old Sood’s Juhu home to carry out search operations to detect certain alleged financial irregularities.

The IT department is examining bank statements, books of accounts, documents and details of financial or other business transactions during the ‘survey’, for suspected tax evasion, though no details are being shared officially.

In Wednesday’s operations, the IT had searched around half-a-dozen premises linked to the actor, including offices and other properties in Mumbai and certain locations in Lucknow.

Sood shot into limelight last year (2020) for arranging free flights or luxury buses for stranded migrants during the lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic and sent them to different parts of India, besides organising liquid medical oxygen supplies to various hospitals during the second Covid wave this year (2021).

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IT department ‘surveys’ actor Sonu Sood’s Mumbai premises

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 The Income Tax Department is ‘surveying’ the Mumbai offices and home in the suburbs belonging to Bollywood actor Sonu Sood here on Wednesday, official sources said.

Teams of IT sleuths began the operations since morning, though the reason behind the action is not immediately known.

Sood had shot into prominence last year for arranging free flights to enable stranded migrants reach their homes in different parts of India during the nationwide lockdown.

He also had a scrap with the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for allegedly converting his six-story house in Juhu into an illegal boarding.

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